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about us

We’re a disruptive army of young people fighting to elect Progressives and bend the establishment to the will of the people. 

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our promise

  • We promise never to refuse to endorse a candidate solely based on who their opponent is. We will not ignore progressives in tough races against powerful people -- many times these are the most important races to be won. If a candidate reflects Done Waiting’s values, has a shot in their race, and goes through our endorsement process, we will do everything in our power to support you until you reach Capitol Hill.

  • We promise that we will publicly rescind our endorsement if we see that a candidate we previously endorsed has broken the Done Waiting Progressive Solidarity Pledge. 

  • We promise to only endorse candidates who seek to advance the movement as a whole, and who have demonstrated an immovable commitment to all of Done Waiting’s core values. We will also refuse to endorse people who consistently back establishment candidates over progressive challengers.

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WHAT IS DONE WAITING?

Done Waiting is a disruptive army of people fighting to elect Progressives and bend the establishment to the will of the people.

 

We are an entirely volunteer-run organization and we are using our immense people power to endorse progressive candidates across the country. We will help them win by making hundreds of thousands of calls for them. We will also use our army to pressure centrist politicians so they start valuing basic human rights over the will of corporations and the elite.

 

We are using our platform to educate voters on the untold people’s history rather than the narrative pushed by the ruling class, and we advocate for candidates and policies that defend the interests of ordinary people.

 

We are sick and tired of being told to wait for changes that are long overdue. We are Done Waiting.

Here are our top five polices: 

  • Green New Deal

  • Racial Justice 

  • Medicare for All 

  • Debt Free College 

  • No Corporate Money in Politics

 

Our TEAM

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Akshita Verma
She/Her

Vice Chair

Hi! I’m a 26-year-old Michigander, intersectional feminist, grassroots organizer, and Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of Done Waiting. I believe that all people deserve basic human rights like housing, food, water, and healthcare, without having to worry about how they are going to pay for it. The sad fact is that, in our country, the establishment and the elite have convinced many that basic human rights are a radical idea. But what if we can change that? What if we can create an unprecedented people powered movement that is adaptable and efficient, and harnesses our labor with laser-like focus to topple institutionalized harm?

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Vik Mehan 
He/Him

National Field Director 

I am exceptionally passionate about Done Waiting because, in my experience, many of the maladies that afflict our people are the results of systemic inequalities which have remained intransigent and unmoving, and I know we need real progressive leadership that will finally overhaul and reform our institutions. I think that this organization has the potential to help instate the change we need. Some of the biggest things I am done waiting for are racial and economic justice, and Medicare for All.

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Sara Desvergunat
She/Her

Social Media Director 

I am working for Done Waiting because I personally want to be part and take a hand in the change this country so desperately needs. The issues most pressing in this country personally affect me as well as my friends and family  and they will certainly affect my future. I am done waiting for racial and economic equity in the form of exhaustive police reform, Medicare for all, and a green New Deal. Being a part of done waiting is one way I can make a difference in this country. I get to make change while building relationships and making connections with other progressive youth. There is nothing better than enacting change with you friends!

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Emma Sherman-Hawver
She/Her

Deputy National Field Director &  Finance Director

I joined Done Waiting because of the potential I believe it has to change politics in this country. We are centering politics back with the people, not money. For too long, politicians have ignored the issues of systematic inequality. As a political science student, I am incredibly interested in using the information we have about how elections work to make progressive change. I am proud to be part of an organization paving the way for young people to get involved in politics. Lastly, the model Done Waiting uses is innovative and unlike anything the political world has seen before, making it exciting to be involved.

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Rachel Fagan
She/Her

National Policy Director

My name is Rachel Fagan and I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan, studying political science and international studies, and I have the position of national policy director. I joined done waiting because I believe it is extremely important to meaningfully fight for the change you want to see. I also joined because after working on several campaigns, I realized that often times big endorsement organizations do not provide much help to candidates other than a public announcement. This is why I love the model of done waiting because we are not only endorsing but actively participating -- we are seeking out and supporting true progressives who will work hard to get sweeping climate, health care, higher education, campaign finance, and racial justice legislation passed.

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Johanna Moncy
She/Her

National Human Resources Director

Hi! I’m Johanna and I’m a 17 year old from Florida! I started on Solomon’s campaign in April of 2020 because I am extremely passionate about environmental policy and Medicare for all. I love what we do here at Done Waiting! We do not compromise on our values and make political work accessible to people of all ages. As Human Resource Director, I am committed to making a comfortable and communicative environment for all the people in Done Waiting. This organization has made such a strong community that does incredible work for progressive causes.

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Newt Kelbey
They/Them

Graphics Co-Director

There's a lot to be said about the merits of Done Waiting's mission and policies, and I joined to help be part of the progress that needs to happen in this country. I am especially interested in our Medicare for All and Green New Deal policies, because I believe everyone has a right to be cared for and live in safe conditions. I am also constantly overwhelmed at the amazing power we collectively possess, and I can't wait to see how that evolves as we grow.

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Colvin Larance
He/Him

National Operations Director

I joined Done Waiting for a number of reasons. First, our revolutionary model has allowed me to build relationships with passionate people across the country that show up day after day to make this nation better for all. Second, I was tired of watching other progressive advocacy organizations capitulate to the political establishment and settle for incrementalism during a time of existential crises. I am Done Waiting for universal healthcare and bold climate policy. Both will lift up marginalized communities and ensure a healthy existence for future generations.

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Tony DiMeglio
He/Him

Assistant Social Media Director

I am a university student from Michigan, serving as the National Graphics Director for Done Waiting. After seeing how electoral politics is conducted in America, I knew I needed to get involved. I have been apart of various campaigns and political organizations to work towards making a difference; to help enact real change that this country so desperately needs. I am done waiting for our elected leaders to actually fight for the future of the American people.

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Alex Dumont
He/Him

National Communications Director 

As Communications Director, I am responsible for facilitating Done Waiting’s contact and messaging with the press and general public. I joined Done Waiting because I believe that we desperately need to address the climate crisis.

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Alec Schlotterback
He/Him

Reddit Director 

I joined Done Waiting because I was sick of feeling helpless while watching everything that has happened in 2020. I was sick of watching the rich and powerful play games with each other while offering nothing but performances and platitudes to average people. I want to see a government that works for the people. I want to see a healthcare system that doesn’t leave people in never-ending debt. I want to see the same for the education system. I want to see the Green New Deal get passed so we can actually really try and fight climate change. I want to see a system that is built to work for those that need assistance, not the most rich and powerful people in the country.

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Emma Fagan
She/Her

National Strategic Relations Director

I joined Done Waiting because I found myself increasingly enraged (and terrified) about who holds the power in this "democracy". I wanted to be involved with an organization that centers working people and mobilizes groups to fight for massive policy changes. I'm completely invested in all of the focuses of Done Waiting, and I want to see a Green New Deal passed in the next few years. Issues like voter suppression, universal healthcare, and getting corporate money out of politics are also very important to me.

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Grey Weinstein
He/Him or They/Them

National Onboarding Director 

I’m part of the Done Waiting team because I want to see my values- justice, equity, etc- enacted in our policy. By working to build an organization that supports and elects progressives, I believe that myself and other young people can exercise power within our electoral system and materialize the change we want together. I want to see Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and abolition of the prison industrial complex accomplished by our national government. The time for sitting idle on the sidelines is over. It's time to get involved.  

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Claire Nelson
She/Her

Instagram Director 

I joined Done Waiting because I believe this organization will profoundly better America. Done Waiting champions bold solutions to our country’s greatest issues. I am captivated by this organization’s vision of a world in which the rapidly changing climate is properly addressed, Black people are treated with justice, students graduate debt free, healthcare is universal, and corporations don’t corrode our political system. In the future, I hope this organization succeeds in making that vision a reality.

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Athena Le
She/Her

National Social Media Recruitment Director

At first, I was interested in Done Waiting because of its progressive mission. But what really made me want to join was its accessible and accepting culture. Politicians tend to hide behind needlessly complicated terms so they can seem smarter or more professional – or so they can gatekeep political participation. I believe that our movement will create unprecedented change by creating an accessible campaign that empowers any and every passionate young person who wants to get involved in politics.

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Naysa Abraham
They/She

Graphics Co-Director

I joined Done Waiting because I was tired of watching elected officials abandon the needs of their constituents in exchange for corporate money. Real change needs to be made and that starts with holding our congresspeople to a high standard of accountability so that they push for progressive policies such as Medicare for All, College For All, Green New Deal, and policies that promote equity to all marginalized groups in the US. We are here with a burning passion to make this country a suitable one for all and are done waiting to see real change enacted.